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Unnatural Habits : A Phryne Fisher Mystery: Book 19 - Kerry Greenwood

Unnatural Habits

A Phryne Fisher Mystery: Book 19

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Published: 1st October 2012
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Phryne is back in a thrilling mystery that takes her into dark convents and dank cellars in a frantic search for missing girls.

The decidedly raven-haired Miss Phryne Fisher returns to delve deep into the dark cellars of Melbourne.

1929: pretty little golden-haired girls are going missing in Melbourne. But they're not just pretty. Three of them are pregnant, poor girls from the harsh confines of the Magdalen Laundry. People are getting nervous.

Polly Kettle, a pushy, self-important Girl Reporter with ambition and no sense of self preservation, decides to investigate--and promptly goes missing herself.

It's time for Phryne and Dot to put a stop to this and find Polly Kettle before something quite irreparable happens to all of them. It's a tale of convents and plots, piracy, murder and mystery... and Phryne finally finds out if it's true that blondes have more fun.

'Elegant, fabulously wealthy and sharp as a tack, Phryne sleuths her way through these classical detective stories with customary panache.' The Age

About the Author

Kerry Greenwood is the author of many bestselling novels and the editor of two collections. Previous novels in the Phryne Fisher series are Cocaine Blues, Flying too High, Murder on the Ballarat Train, Death at Victoria Dock, Blood and Circuses, The Green Mill Murder, Ruddy Gore, Urn Burial, Raisins and Almonds, Death Before Wicket, Away with the Fairies, Murder in Montparnasse, The Castlemaine Murders, Queen of the Flowers, Death by Water, Murder in the Dark, Murder on a Midsummer Night and Dead Man's Chest. She is also the author of the Corinna series, which includes Earthly Delights (2004), Heavenly Pleasures (2005), Devil's Food (2006), Trick or Treat (2008), Forbidden Fruit (2010) and Cooking the Books (2011).

She is also the author of several books for young adults and the Delphic Women series. When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates' Court for the Legal Aid Commission. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered wizard.

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4.5

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  • Well written (10)
  • Page turner (8)
  • Deserves multiple readings (7)
  • Suspenseful (7)

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4.0

Another Great read from Kerry Greenwood

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from Tasmania

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  • Engaging Characters
  • Well researched
  • Well Written

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    • Gift
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    Comments about Unnatural Habits:

    If you like the ongoing Phryne Fisher book series and/or the Television series, this book's for you.

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    4.0

    Thoroughly enjoyable 1920's mystery

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    from Queenscliff, AU

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        Comments about Unnatural Habits:

        Another great Phryne Fisher mystery set in Melbourne - this time she's searching for three missing girls and a girl reporter.

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        5.0

        Keep them coming please Kerry!!

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        from Melbourne

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        Pros

        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Engaging Characters
        • Page Turner
        • Suspenseful
        • Well Written

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gift
          • Older Readers

          Comments about Unnatural Habits:

          I am a fan of Kerry Greenwood books, especially The Phryne Fisher mysteries. It was a thrill to learn that there were three books I hadn't read. Loving them all. I purchased the ABC television series which was very exciting. The books are always better though. I hope there will be more coming! I always pass my copies onto my elderly mother who also enjoys them immensely. The settings for these stories are somewhat familiar to us as Mum lived in the general area during the 1930's and 40's and I live and work in Melbourne's north western suburbs, Geelong and the Bellerine Penninsula.

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          5.0

          Couldn't put down

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          from Chiltern, Victoria

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          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Engaging Characters
          • Page Turner
          • Suspenseful
          • Well Written

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            Comments about Unnatural Habits:

            Great reading just like all Kerry's other books, being able to associate places with what you know is great

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            5.0

            Always a good read & great characters

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            from Alice Springs

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            Pros

            • And Just Downright Good
            • Engaging Characters
            • Great author
            • Great Period Writing
            • Well Written

            Cons

            • There Are Not Any

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            Comments about Unnatural Habits:

            You have always been helpful, even to the extremes of looking for an authors book that may have been 'long gone'. Apart from that, you wonderful people always update how an order is going, and allow for my cat having walked across the keyboard. And I just love getting those parcels at the Post Office!!

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            4.0

            Phryne strikes again......!!!

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            from Sydney,AU

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            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Engaging Characters
            • Page Turner
            • Suspenseful
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              • Younger Readers

              Comments about Unnatural Habits:

              Phryne Fisher is my favourite female detective and having read all the books in the series,"Unatural Habits" did not dissapoint.....Again Kerry Greenwood transports us effortlessly to 1920's Melbourne,and Phryne enveloped in her signature "Jicky"perfume captures the "Bad Guys" with her usual panache and her own inimitable style.

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              5.0

              super sleeze sweetly contained

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              from woodend .vic

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                the service is great and prompt. the prices are reasonable

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                4.0

                Another enjoyable ride

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                from Adelaide, AU

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                    Comments about Unnatural Habits:

                    This was a satisfying addition to the series. I love the Melbourne historical detail. Eagerly waiting for the next book.

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                    4.0

                    Phryne's back better than ever.

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                    from wollongong

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                    • Engaging Characters
                    • Page Turner
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                      Comments about Unnatural Habits:

                      High class chick lit. Full of humour,style and panache. A fun romp.

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                      5.0

                      It's a Phryne Fisher!! 'Nuff said

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                      from Queensland. Australia

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                      • Consistently Good Reading
                      • Deserves Multiple Readings
                      • Engaging Characters
                      • Page Turner
                      • Suspenseful
                      • Well Written

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                        Comments about Unnatural Habits:

                        I read every day and Kerry Greenwood heroines make re-reading a pleasure

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                        Kerry Greenwood

                        Kerry has written twenty novels, a number of plays, including The Troubadours with Stephen D'Arcy, is an award-winning children's writer and has edited and contributed to several anthologies. In 1996 she published a book of essays on female murderers called Things She Loves: Why women Kill.

                        The Phryne Fisher series (pronounced Fry-knee, to rhyme with briny) began in 1989 with Cocaine Blues which was a great success. Kerry has written sixteen books in this series and says that as long as people want to read them, she can keep writing them.

                        When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates' Court for the Legal Aid Commission. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered Wizard.

                        Visit Kerry Greenwood's Booktopia Author Page


                        ISBN: 9781742372433
                        ISBN-10: 1742372430
                        Series: PHRYNE FISHER
                        Audience: General
                        Format: Paperback
                        Language: English
                        Number Of Pages: 348
                        Published: 1st October 2012
                        Publisher: Allen & Unwin
                        Country of Publication: AU
                        Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0  x 2.9
                        Weight (kg): 0.31
                        Edition Number: 1